“Purity of Technique” – Reed is refining his swing.

I had a chance to spend a few days with Reed and check on his swing. We made a minor adjustment to his backswing.

Mostly because, when it comes to the golf swing, I am a perfectionist. Also because that when you fine-tune a golf swing, you are building a swing for a lifetime. The building process (and maintenance process) is an essential part of the endeavor.

The first thing – reduce rotations.

To recap some of the changes, Reed has accomplished you must understand his swing from the beginning. As with most “conventional” golf swings, there is a premium on rotation from a two-plane address position. This created what I consider over-rotation in the backswing. It also required a loss of posture in the backswing and downing. Reed’s lead hand position was also rotated into a powerful position (Rotated on the top of the golf club).

The process of rebuilding Reed’s swing was to assess and reduce the rotations to eliminate unnecessary movement of the club shaft and club-face during the swing motion. This is the beauty of the Single Plane swing – it simplifies the movement of the Shaft and clubface to its most basic action.

“You only need to rotate as much as you need to rotate.”

The second thing – reduce the movement of the spine.

When you tilt the torso, it rotates. When you turn the torso, it leans. Therefore, the goal is to maintain the spine tilt as you roll. I call it “learning to bend and turn.” Bending and turning is critical to high swings. It requires proper lower and body movement, flexibility, and separation.

Reed’s initial over-rotation caused his spine to drop (head moved down) into backswing and downing. We adjusted his backswing to keep the spine more up and stable so his shoulders could walk on a flatter plane.

You can learn from Reed

One of Reed’s talents is his ability to translate a movement into his feel. I call this “connecting the brain to the body.” Connecting the brain to the body is the process of trying a new position and then being able to monitor your body’s ability to change its direction. When I would show Reed a modern movement, he will rehearse the feeling. Of it and then translate it into something he can relate. All athletes have learned this skill. Some of the best are dancers.

Most golfers aren’t striving for “purity of technique.”  I believe this is a lost art of golf. I discussed this with Reed yesterday, and we both agree. Golfers are too concerned with distance and how far they hit it and less interested with consistency. Reed and I have committed to a different approach. We are striving for consistency first, and distance will come from the purity of ball spin and flight.

I see Reed about once each month. This week, the first thing I noticed about Reed’s ball- striking was the consistency of his trajectories. This is an excellent indicator that he the swing is becoming refined.

We made a small adjustment to the backswing

Reed was getting a slight bit of rotation in his initial movement into the backswing. One thing that I stress is the importance and consistency of the movement away from the ball.

You can see the difference in the photo where the club was getting a bit open in the backswing movement. In just a few swings, Reed was able to adjust the feel and correct the movement.



2 comments on ““Purity of Technique” – Reed is refining his swing.”
  1. Dave says:

    Todd, I’ve heard you say just recently that you feel like you rotate as far as you can. Your braced trail leg limits hip rotation in the backswing, and a braced lead leg limits rotation in your downswing. I’m a little confused now about how much we’re supposed to rotate.


  2. Bruce Kelso says:

    “Bending and turning are critical to great swings. It requires proper lower and body movement, flexibility and separation”.

    I’m still an avid weight lifter and exercise each day. There is an expression of being “country boy strong.” this is generally associated with being able to lift more weight than it appears one can. But it comes from the ability to transfer core strength from the legs, through the hips, to the back (Latissimus Dorsi) and ultimately to the shoulders, arms and hands; or using your whole body. Interestingly, and incredibly fascinating is that the position with the highest leverage is where the hips are forward towards the target and the torso is turned away from the target 70 to 85 degrees and it looks like you are trying to stick your right elbow in your right rear pocket. Your spine is then tilted at between 20 and 24 degrees. This is a similar highly leveraged position that we assume in the pre-impact position. And here’s the point (finally): Moe was so good at getting into this impact position, and so precise, as to make it look insignificant, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Further, he appears to have probably been very physically strong. The combination of a high degree of precision and strength provides an athlete a huge advantage. Just look at the positions these batters get in during the World Series; or discus, shot-put throwers. THEY HIT THEIR POSITIONS!

    I also remember in one of those clinic videos with Moe, how he keeps his head over his right foot (which is flat on the ground) at impact so he never goes left. He could also deliver maximum power being in that highly-leveraged position. But you can’t get in that position without the correct grip, stance and ball position.

    Not only was Moe the best ball striker in golf, but probably the most underappreciated! GOOD LUCK REED and THANK YOU TODD & TEAM.

    Sure would like to see some of the finer points of putting from Tim!


    Bruce Kelso


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